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Dec 21, 2018

FGP PROGRAM ON GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON

The UPO Foster Grandparent Program (ABC7)
The UPO Foster Grandparent Program (ABC7)

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The United Planning Organization's Foster Grandparents Program was featured on ABC7 on Thursday December 20, 2018.

View the feature at the link below!

UPO's FGPs provide critical mentoring and tutoring services daily to DC children from birth to 21 years of age in a variety of local settings. Help is needed to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel for more than 200 low-income DC senior volunteer FGPs. In addition we have a waiting list of 100 seniors to be FGPs, 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program and every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional FGPs.

  • UPO’s FGP Program is competing for bonus prizes in GlobalGiving’s Year End Campaign.
  • In addition GlobalGiving is offering a Match on all new Recurring Donations                                                                  

All new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project started during the campaign will get an additional 100% match on the initial donation as long as it remains active for at least four consecutive payments. The recurring match will be good throughout the entire campaign.

Dear friends of UPO’s Foster Grandparents Program please be generous by sharing your bounty in support of this program that improves the long-term health and well-being of senior volunteers and circulates seventy cents of every program dollar into the local low-income DC communities that our volunteers and students reside. With a mission to Unite People with Opportunities, UPO's Foster Grandparents offer the right mix of academic acumen and nurturing and give much needed attention to over 15,000 low-income children in Washington, DC who so richly deserve it.

Happy Holidays from UPO's FGPs and the low-income children they serve.

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Nov 26, 2018

#GivingTuesday Help UPO Help the DC Homeless

Following the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday gift shopping for family and friends, tomorrow on #GivingTuesday November 27th you have the opportunity to slow down and make a meaningful gift to a wonderful program that benefits the unfortunate homeless population of Washington, DC.

While many of us have protection from the elements, from icy conditions to searing heat in the summer, the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC homeless in several ways throughout the year. With a rise in DC homeless, the UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 155,476 people to shelter last year. Help UPO Help the DC Homeless raises money for comfort items distributed to the homeless people assisted by Shelter Hotline.

Driving a Shelter Hotline van is a tedious job but a recent Washington Post article profiles one our drivers, who shares his experiences, memories and passion for helping DC’s homeless. The driver calls some of the men by name. Sometimes he uses a nickname — like “Champ” or “Red” — to set them at ease. And when each passenger gets off the bus — back at a homeless shelter after a day on D.C.’s gentrifying streets — he wishes them well with an honorific they rarely hear elsewhere: “Have a good night, gentlemen!” He is not the face of Mayor of DC’s efforts to decrease the high homelessness rate in the nation’s capital. Nor is he a main force behind getting his riders out of the shelters and into their own homes. Instead, he is a one-man generator of small acts of kindness, driven by his own memories of tough times in his native North Carolina and his early years in Washington, D.C.

As a past supporter of Help UPO Help the DC Homeless your support has been invaluable in helping to cover the cost of the comfort items for the homeless, from feminine items to care packages, water, food trays and protective clothing. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for you to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless start the year-end fundraising season off right, our host platform GlobalGiving is releasing $150,000 in matching funds over a 24-hour period on #GivingTuesday.

Our hope is that this match opportunity will give you our loyal supporter an incentive to generously support the change you’re making in the world. The cold spell experienced in DC earlier in November has resulted in several hypothermia alerts and the D.C. winter outlook 2018-2019 is predicting snowier than normal conditions for the first time in three years. Your donation will Help UPO Help the DC Homeless raise money for the increased need for comfort items to be distributed to the homeless people assisted by Shelter Hotline.

See the attached article from the Washington Post on Tuesday 11/13/18 about the D.C. winter outlook for 2018-2019.

Please be sure to make your #GivingTuesday gift to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless tomorrow Tuesday Nov. 27, 2018, between 12:01am and 11:59pm.

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Nov 26, 2018

#GivingTuesday Support Foster Grandparents Program

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Following the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday gift shopping for family and friends, tomorrow on #GivingTuesday November 27th you have the opportunity to slow down and make a meaningful gift to a wonderful program that benefits 15,000 social economically disadvantaged children at 60 volunteer sites in Washington, DC including Early Head Start/Head Start centers, Elementary Schools and Children's Hospitals. A dedicated team of 200 UPO Foster Grandparents (FGP’s) annually give over 180,000 volunteer hours, engaged in tutoring, mentoring, providing social emotional support and assisting students in learning programs in cooperation with school systems and children’s hospitals. Proven outcomes are improved school readiness and K-12 success.

As a past supporter of Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program your support has been invaluable in helping to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel for our DC senior volunteer FGPs. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

We were featured in a Washington Post article (linked below) that showcases the great work UPO does in the community. Here is an excerpt: 

"Cynthia’s, a 64-year-old retiree, who has survived two heart surgeries, is one of more than 200 D.C. seniors from low-income households working as classroom grandparents in the city’s schools.

Four years after Cynthia became a foster grandparent, the refrigerator in her one-bedroom apartment is adorned with a drawing from a boy in one of her classes — her favorite memento from her time in the classroom. She is pursuing credentials to work in early-childhood education and has learned education techniques that she can pass to her own grandchildren.

She arrives at school about 8 a.m. wearing her blue Foster Grandparent apron. She sharpens pencils and arranges classroom materials, waiting for the children to arrive. Some of the children hug her, others whisper secrets in her ear. Throughout it all, her theatrical facial expressions and warm laughter fill the classroom, with Cynthia treating the children more like her grandchildren than her students.

The grandparents know to go to distracted children and provide them with attention, hoping to keep the entire class on track.

Born out of the 1964 federal War on Poverty legislation, the Foster Grandparent Program aims to give seniors across the country a purpose in retirement by providing some of the neediest children with mentors and giving teachers help in the classroom. The grandparents choose their hours, most working 15 to 30 a week.

The United Planning Organization, a community agency founded in 1962 to bring programs to the District’s low-income residents, operates the Foster Grandparent Program."

#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for you to extend your generosity to bring about real change in your community. To help UPO's Foster Grandparents Program start the year-end fundraising season off right, our host platform GlobalGiving is releasing $150,000 in matching funds over a 24-hour period on #GivingTuesday.

Our hope is this match opportunity incentive will give you our loyal supporters every reason possible to generously celebrate and support the change you’re making in the world. We have a waiting list of 100 seniors to be FGPs, 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program and every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional FGPs. Your donation will help the UPO Foster Grandparent Program meet these additional needs.

See the attached article from the Washington Post on Tuesday 10/29/18 about the work of UPO’s FGPs.

Please be sure to make your #GivingTuesday gift to Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program tomorrow Tuesday Nov. 27, 2018, between 12:01am and 11:59pm.

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